Jan 31 2011
Obama's new counter-terrorism advisor thinks we need more Muslim outreach to the most religious Islamic fundamentalists
Quintan Wiktorowicz, a former Rhodes College professor is the newest ‘academic’ member of the National Security Council, who claims to be an ‘expert’ on how Muslims decide to become terrorists.
So, once again, another left wing intellectual elitist who never met a terrorist he didn’t like, will help create a counter-terrorism policy.
NPR — “A number of years ago, before he went into government, he did some of the most path-breaking work not only on who was susceptible to being radicalized, but most importantly, who was the most
resistant to being radicalized,” says Christine Fair, another college type so-called ‘expert’ on terrorism and radicalization at Georgetown University. “And the findings that he came up with based upon his work really shattered some of the stereotypes we have about Muslims and radicalization.”
As part of his research, Wiktorowicz interviewed hundreds of Islamists in the United Kingdom. (A place where every effort to curb radicalization of Muslims has failed miserably) After compiling his interviews he came to the conclusion that — contrary to popular belief — very religious Muslims were in fact the people who ended up being the most resistant to radicalization. (So I guess all those imams like Anwar al Awlaki from Virginia and now in Yemen advocating terrorism to American Muslims are NOT religious people?)
Peter Neumann is the director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College, London. He got to know Wiktorowicz in London three years ago. Wiktorowicz was at the U.S. Embassy there, studying how the British dealt with radical Islamists and then finding ways to apply those lessons to the United States.
While in the U.K., Wiktorowicz reached out to a wide range of Muslim leaders — from moderates to extremists — and that set him apart from scholars who had preceded him, Neumann says. “He very successfully mobilized a broad coalition of very different people in London that all came together in order to oppose extremism and terrorism.
And this is how well they deal with radical Islamists in the UK: